Thursday, September 20, 2012
20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?
I have so many healthy foods that I love now, that I hadn't before. Before my journey that is. I found that i have always enjoyed veggies and fruit, but not like i do now. Some of my very favorite Veggies are:
tomato (I know - they are really a fruit)
Those i have always liked not on my list of favorites: corn, potato, sugar snap peas, celery, garlic, cucumbers, chickpeas, and radishes.
My favorite fruits:
All kinds of melons
The last five in this group I must watch how much I have as I will get
burns" on my lips from them.
There are some healthy foods that I am allergic to or have a sensitivity to them besides the citrus and strawberries. Here is a list of those:
tomato I must be careful of, too as I will get cracks at the corners of my ears if I have too much at one time.
Then there are some healthy foods that I have tried and simply do not care for eating. Those are:
the tiny little stuff that looks like rice. I'd rather do the brown rice itself. To me the rice is a much better taste
Too spicy hot additions
Some of the new ones I tried and really like are different kinds of lettuce. I had been stuck on iceberg for a very long time. Also sweet potatoes. i had kept trying them for years and this time the taste and texture "took". I had never had mangoes before and found i love their taste, especially in smoothies. I had only had peanut butter before and love it when i make my own. But along the way I have discovered almond butter and really like it, too.
For now this is all I can remember. I'm sure there must be more, but i'm starting to get on my chemo brain!!
Take care all my Spark Buds. We are having a hard rain with lightening and power flashing off and on.
Everyone be safe and smile. i love you all!!
Peace, Love, and Happiness to all my Spark Buds.
Another flower for each one of you.
One of my favorites!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely?
I am of the opinion that you don't have to "give up" anything as long as you watch the portion size and how often you treat yourself. So, my answer would be no to have I given up anything completely. At least before my last cancer round and i cannot eat some of my favorite things. I can't eat ice cream or most sweet things. i also have a difficult time with any carbs unless i dip in soup or have sour cream in it or on it to have moisture. I'll also use cottage cheese, yogurt, or milk to give me the moisture I need. Red gravy on pasta doesn't work as it is too spicy and burns my mouth if i use more than a Tbls.
Lots of things burn my mouth and throat like that. Even cheese can be a problem. Only little pieces at a time is all i can do. My calories get limited by these problems.
Soda is something I can still drink. I have either a coke zero or a sprite zero. I limit myself to one a day and sometimes I don't have any. That is my one guilty pleasure. I have also changed from the straight stuff to Zeros. I have stopped with the ginger ale, though. It's one of those things that burns. I try different things every so often to see if things have changed and there is very little that has. I used to love my 4 junior mints a day, but can no longer tolerate them. I do use sugar free syrup, but I can only take about a Tbls of that before it starts to burn my throat. I love pizza but can only eat less than 1/2 a slice at a time. The carbs are because I had to have so many teeth pulled before I could have radiation and I get to a point where it is too difficult to chew to get whatever it is a size i can swallow. That is why the moisture helps. As far as meats, poultry, and fish are concerned, they must be grilled without spices and I can only do a tiny bit. Like with a hamburger, the most I can do is 1/4 of a regular sized one. With turkey or chicken, it is the same, about a quarter of a piece. With fish i can eat a little more.
However I don't think the sugar and carbs problems are so bad. I think it has helped me on my journey to reach goal. In a big way I'm sure it has helped an awful lot.
For those who asked about our blooming aloe, Bob says it rarely bloomed. The most was once every four years.
Peace, Love, and friendship for all my Spark Buds, especially for the rest of the week.
Here is another flower for flower week for all of you.
These tulips were raised by an internet friend who died three years ago.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Saturday was game day for our Florida Gators. I didn't get all fixed up in my game day outfit and jewellery, but I still have my Gator Nails. Since I have my own polishes, I'm going to try to keep them up for most of the season.
What do you think of those?
Monday I had my PET scan. I am so claustrophobic I always have a valium before any test like that. Well, I usually have 1 mg and this Monday because it might take up to 4 hours, the doc ordered a 10mg for me. So what did i do for the rest of Monday, all day Tuesday and Wednesday? Right! I slept! Bob was afraid to leave me for as long as his VA appointment would take him to be away on Wednesday. I was also to see my therapist at Shands in Gainesville and Bob cancelled that as i was sleeping so much! Thursday I started staying awake and even managed to do a load of laundry with Bob's help. My nurse was ill and couldn't make it. Friday both Bob and I had to see our primary doctor. Next I'll have to have some blood work done. My weight was 121. There is no way I want to gain anymore. I will, but I won't like it!! Saturday we watched our Gators win their third game this season. Yesterday our Jags lost once more. But i also started a fever that was just over 100. I was to see my surgeon for a follow up on all the surgeries in the past two years, but Bob cancelled that one, too. The office nurse said there is something serious going around that seems to match my symptoms - fever, achy joints, sore throat, and yucky tasting mouth. She said it is usually gone within 3-4 days. I should be 1/2 way through it!!! YEAH!! All I can say is, I hope none of my Spark Buds will get this "thing". It's not pretty at all.
We have the best young guy for a neighbor. He is going to be thirteen and acts so grown up. He's very thoughtful and polite. Then there is always a big smile he has on his face. He is doing very well in school this year, but every so often he'll need help. When he does well, which is every test and report card, his dad rewards him in a small way. This so reminds me of how we reward ourselves for making our goals. Anyway, his dad was called into work early and he called Bob. He wanted some help with his computer. So Bob went over and helped him. He called him "Dad" went he went to come home. Bob told his dad that the boy can call him Grandpa if he wants because one grandpa is in CA and the other one is gone. I guess when his dad told him that today, this young man got tears in his eyes!! Bob really appreciates this, too, as his grandson had his 14th birthday this past week and Bob called every day several times a day and his daughter never answered the phone. Tonight he talked to his oldest son who told him she was home all week, so HE is going to tell the boy Grandpa's message himself and not depend on his mother to do so. I can understand if she doesn't get along with her dad, but i just hate when she keeps that boy from his Grandpa. His other grandfather doesn't even acknowledge him and it is the same with his father. It is probably just as well because he gets love from all of her family. It just gets me upset because it hurts Bob so bad.
Sooooooooooo that catches things up from my home to yours.
HAve a fantastic week!
peace,love, and hope to all my spark buds.
Another flower for everyone for Flower week!
Some FL orange blossoms for you.
Monday, September 17, 2012
17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they?
I have a lot of foods/meals I repeat often. I have some kind on Ensure every morning. I like to use Swanson's low sodium broth and add veggies I have on hand to it for a nice soup about 5 times a week. If I have some left over brown rice, sometimes it can go into the soup, too. Often for lunch but also for dinner. I enjoy having my one Zero soda with a snack of an apple or crackers with some sort of nut butter. Several things I enjoy making for myself are blender applesauce and peanut butter. My go to snack used to be a thinly slices apple with cinnamon sprinkled on the slices. THe sweetness from the apple absorbed the cinnamon, so not sugar was ever added. Hopefully I can get back to it someday if I can ever tolerate the spicy again.
We also use a lot of different wheat pasta in many ways. Sometimes we'll simply add mushrooms and some low-fat sauce or "gravy" on them. I often make a salad of slices of tomato, cucumbers, and mozzarella cheese. I also use cottage cheese in place of dressing at home.
That's about it for me.
Peace, love, and friendship to all my buds,
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